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. one of the questions people often ask about the first year of the obama administration. why did you take on health care at the same time we're having all these other issues? the reason was health care is not just a huge moral, social issue also an economic issue. we have to deal with that is something that can be helpful for the economy going forward. if you ask, what is the positive on health care? how is the economy doing? what is the snerkt the economy that is adding jobs? it is the health care sector of the economy. i think it is -- that's partly because it is a dynamic sector coming up with incredible innovations, the amount of exciting discoveries that are looming on the horizon are bigger in health care than other parts of the economy. that's the positive. the hard side is it is a complicated side. the reason why we don't leave health care to the private sector because it is complicated. we don't look at someone on the street and say sorry you don't have insurance so too bad for you. we as society is going to take care of that person. that is what puts the government in this
into the bush administration, george bush, and then onto the obama administration, particularly in the obama administration, because you can begin to see any suggestion that we have not worked to secure the border is based on lack of information and lack of facts. i thank my colleagues for a poster that in fact says the number of border patrol agents has more than doubled in the past 10 years. when i first began writing legislation in 2003, 2004, 2005, we were short changed on border security agents. working with the senate, working with the president, we funded the increase of border patrol agents and we see now that the majority of agents are assigned to the u.s.-mexican border, 16,000 and more that are basically at the border now. i think we can do more, if you will, for the northern border and i look forward to working with my chairperson of the subcommittee on that issue. but we cannot let the discussion get bogged down in talking about, we can't provide some access to citizenship. i call it earned access to citizenship. but here on the senate proposal, it talks about securing the borde
and reach out to israeli and palestinian leaders in phone calls yesterday assuring them the obama administration will continue to pursue a mideast peace agreement will recognize in the individual concerns of both sides. he talked to his counterparts in japan, canada, and mexico and had lunch with george shultz. [applause] [no audio] [no audio] [applause] [applause] >> good morning, mr. secretary. i don't even have to say that you are being welcomed the very warmly by all the employees here. but, mr. secretary, a deputy secretary, on behalf of all the employees of the department of state, it is a privilege of honor and a great privilege to welcome you here today. [applause] you have a wealth of experience and leadership qualities and they will inspire a guide as as we carry out the united states foreign policy in these challenging times ahead. as the son of a diplomat and a member of the united states senate, deeply engaged in american diplomacy, you bring to this office a unique perspective and knowledge of both politics and diplomacy. and of the importance of a professional caree
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